Blue Key awards scholarships to two agricultural economics students

JefferyHadachek-BKSchol-2015The Kansas State University chapter of Blue Key, a senior honor society, recognizes students for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. Two agricultural economics students displayed great potential in leaderships, service to the university, and academia in their contributions.

Jeffery Hadachek (center in picture at left), freshman in agricultural economics, received the Robert Lewis Sophomore Leadership Award. Hadachek was one of three students to receive this award for outstanding leadership. Winners of this award display great potential for future leadership roles and service to the university.

Youwei Yang

Youwei Yang

Youwei Yang, senior in agricultural economics, received the Chester E. Peters Student Development Award.  The four winners of the Chester E Peters scholarship have demonstrated high quality of leadership, service and moral integrity, as well as encouraged and supported fellow students at the university.

K-State’s chapter awards more than $20,000 in scholarship each year to honor student excellence in service, scholarship and leadership.  Blue Key offers seven different scholarships, ranging from leadership awards to study abroad scholarships.

Read more about the Blue Key scholarships winners.


Article by Darrah Tinkler, Kansas State University

Agricultural Economics student receives Kirmser Undergraduate Research honor

kirmser (1)Abigail Friesen, freshman in agricultural economics, received honorable mention for her essay: “Informative report: Immigration and job opportunities” at the Kirmser Award ceremony on May 13. Friesen wrote the essay for her expository writing class, under the instruction of Erica Ruscio, master’s graduate in English.

The Kirmser Undergraduate Research Awards recognize the hard work of undergraduate student scholarship. The award is presented by K-State Libraries and possible through a gift made by Philip and Jeune Kirmser. Sandy Chastan, the Kirmser’s daughter, made an appearance at the ceremony.

Kirmser Awards are divided into three categories and awarded to students engaging in academic research and inquiry. The three categories for research awards are: group work, individual freshman projects, and non-freshman individual projects.

Eighteen students won awards or received mention at the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award Ceremony.

For more information about the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award go to http://www.lib.k-state.edu/kirmser-undergraduate-research-award-winners.


Article and picture provided by K-State Media Services.

Study: Spring heat more damaging to wheat than fall freeze

Scientists need to develop new heat-resistant wheat varieties.

A team of researchers including a Kansas State University professor has released results of a study that measures the effects of climate change on wheat yields, findings that may have implications for future wheat breeding efforts worldwide.

Andrew BarkleyAgricultural economist Andrew Barkley, who has studied wheat for nearly 30 years, said that the team’s major finding is that heat appears to be more damaging to wheat yields than freezing temperatures.

“There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that temperatures will increase in the future,” Barkley said. “What we’ve done here is estimate the impact of what might happen to wheat yields if temperatures increase in Kansas.”

In Kansas, the country’s most productive wheat-growing state, farmers plant winter wheat in the fall and harvest it in late spring and early summer. The nine-month growing season makes the crop susceptible to many temperature swings.

If temperatures continue to rise, as climate patterns currently suggest, wheat yields may be damaged in the spring when flowering and grain filling occur.

“In Kansas, wheat is extremely important economically; crops are worth up to $3 billion per year just in Kansas, and we produce about 15 percent of the wheat that is grown in the U.S.,” Barkley said. “So we’re interested in wheat for several reasons, but with climate change, we’re concerned about the potential impact of that on wheat in the future.”

Barkley added that more recently released varieties of wheat – which are normally higher yielding – are less heat resistant than older varieties. For farmers, it could force a decision about using those pest- or disease-resistant varieties and accepting the risk of losing yield to high spring temperatures.

“Our research points to developing genetic strategies to identify the exact genes and DNA that will help us change the wheat plant so that it can accommodate for heat,” Barkley said. “At this time, the [Kansas State] agronomy department is working on that exact thing.”

From 1985 to 2013, breakthroughs in wheat breeding helped Kansas farmers improve their yields by 27 percent, according to Barkley. “We’ve had huge success in increasing the amount of food we get from each acre in Kansas,” he said.

Knowing that rising temperatures threaten that success, though, is “good news, in a way,” Barkley noted.wht4

“As we progress, we are going to be able to deal with these changes in temperature as they arise. Climate change is a slow process, and wheat breeding also is relatively slow, but there’s been major advances in wheat breeding, so that we can change the average time it takes to develop a new variety from over 10 years to about half that time. We really have a positive forecast of changing these wheat varieties to accommodate for the heat.”

The study is published in the May 11 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (www.pnas.org). Other researchers on the team include Jesse Tack of Mississippi State University and Lawton Lanier Nalley of the University of Arkansas.


Written by: Pat Melgares, K-State Research and Extension, melgares@ksu.edu, 785-532-1160

For more information: Andrew Barkley, barkley@ksu.edu or 785-477-1174

 

Report from Tonsor and Schroeder finds mandatory COOL causes meat industry, consumer losses

Based on a study commissioned by the USDA, economists report that compliance leads to billions in net economic costs

Any policy that results in higher costs of compliance without a quantifiable benefit will likely have an adverse economic impact, and recent research shows mandatory country-of-origin labeling, or MCOOL, is one such policy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) assigned the research, based on a requirement in the 2014 Farm Bill to quantify the market impacts of MCOOL. The requirement included studying both the implementation of MCOOL in 2009 and a revision of the policy in 2013.

Agricultural economists Glynn Tonsor and Ted Schroeder from Kansas State University and Joe Parcell from the University of Missouri completed the research and issued the full report (http://www.agri-pulse.com/Uploaded/USDACOOLEconomicReport.pdf) to government officials May 1.

The researchers found no evidence of meat demand increases for MCOOL covered products—those products sold at retail locations such as supermarkets. Because general meat demand has not increased, and the meat industry as a whole has experienced lower quantities and higher costs to implement the additional labeling procedures, MCOOL has led to net economic losses.

Industry stakeholders and consumers negatively impacted

Tonsor said the research involved compiling literature from MCOOL studies and other non-peered reviewed information such as comments regarding cost impacts. The researchers used economic models to quantify price and meat quantity estimates over the next 10 years based on the 2009 and 2013 rulings. They compared those findings to 2008, which provided estimates if MCOOL had never occurred.

“We estimated the beef industry’s 2009 impact was an economic loss of $8.07 billion over 10 years,” Tonsor said. “For the pork industry, it’s a $1.31 billion loss.”

labelTonsor pointed out that approximately 16 percent of pork and about one-third of beef production is covered by MCOOL, as some products such as those sold in restaurants are not required to bear the label. MCOOL covered beef would have to see at least a 6.8 percent increase and covered pork a 5.6 percent increase in demand to avoid an adverse economic impact.

Results also showed consumers to experience net losses—$5.98 billion for beef and $1.79 billion for pork—over 10 years due to higher retail prices and lower retail quantities available every year.

The researchers had to study 2013 separately because the MCOOL policy changed. The 2009 ruling led to labels such as “Product of U.S. and Canada” showing up on a package of beef, for example. The 2013 ruling required that same package to read more specifically, “Born in Canada, Raised and Slaughtered in the U.S.”

“We added the specificity of ‘Born, Raised and Slaughtered’ stages in 2013, which means additional costs with additional precision,” Tonsor said. “But, it’s not the same level of costs as we had the first round in 2009. There’s an incremental additional cost, but it isn’t as large as the original cost to be in compliance.”

The additional impact of the 2013 rule was another $494 million loss to the beef industry and $403 million loss to the pork industry over 10 years. Demand increases would need to be at least another 0.4 percent for beef and 1.6 percent for pork on top of the 2009 estimates to avoid an adverse economic impact.

Consumer losses were another $378 million for beef and $428 million for pork based on the 2013 revision.

The poultry industry, he said, was the only one to show a gain. Those gains for 10 years were $753 million for 2009 and an incremental addition of $67 million for 2013. The gains, however, were narrow compared to the billions in losses to the beef and pork sectors that mean a total loss for the meat industry as a whole.

“The main reason is (the poultry sector) doesn’t have the same cost of compliance, so at the retail level there is some shift away from more expensive beef and pork prices over to poultry products,” Tonsor said. “That serves as a pull for more production on the poultry side, and the poultry industry benefits.”

What the future has in store

The World Trade Organization is expected to make an announcement later this month about the future of MCOOL. Some groups and political leaders believe the USDA should repeal MCOOL, while others advocate that the United States has the right to label origin on foods sold in the country.

Tonsor said another approach is to make the policy voluntary.

“Our report and the literature synthesis in it points to a voluntary approach being better,” he said. “Watching this situation, I agree that voluntary labeling would be an improvement from where we are now. It’s hard for me to say if politically that is where we will be a year from now or three years from now.”

To access the full report, visit http://www.agri-pulse.com/Uploaded/USDACOOLEconomicReport.pdf. A video interview with Tonsor is available on the K-State Research and Extension YouTube page (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvXMoJk5o4o&feature=youtu.be).


Story by: Katie Allen, K-State Research and Extension – katielynn@ksu.edu or 785-532-1162

For more information: Glynn Tonsor – gtonsor@ksu.edu or 785-532-1518

This news release from K-State Research and Extension is posted at http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/news/story/mandatory_COOL050615.aspx.

Senior Gylee Martin represents Alpha Zeta at National Agricultural Leadership Conference and Biennial Conclave

Alpha Zeta Chapter brings home national awards

The Alpha Zeta Agriculture Honorary Fraternity at K-State received recognition at the National Agricultural Leadership Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The honorary was named the 2015 Rising Star, which is an award that honors an up-and-coming chapter that is dedicated to implementing new ideas and growing their members professionally and personally.

K-State’s Alpha Zeta chancellor Kelsie Hoss was named the Alpha Zeta Chancellor of the Year. This national recognition is awarded to a university chapter chancellor who exhibits exceptional leadership skills in guiding his or her chapter. Hoss worked tirelessly over the past year to promote Alpha Zeta at K-State and its programming. She guided the chapter through changes in chapter admittance policy and helped initiate Alpha Zeta’s newest philanthropy, Ask A Farmer week. Her efforts have earned her the title of National Chancellor of the Year and have laid a foundation for future K-State Alpha Zeta chapters to build on.

Gylee Martin 1Yuda Ou, senior in food science, and Gylee Martin, a senior in agricultural economics, represented the K-State Alpha Zeta chapter at the National Agricultural Leadership Conference and Biennial Conclave. K-State alumnus, Jackie Mundt, was named the 2015 High Chancellor replacing the 2014 High Chancellor, Kayle Robben, who also is a K-State alumnus.

Alpha Zeta, formed in 1897 at Ohio State University is a professional organization of men and women whose educational and career objectives fall within the field of agriculture and natural resources. Members of the organization strive to develop and promote leadership based on common values and integrity.

The Kansas State University chapter of Alpha Zeta is dedicated to focusing on education and service holding events such as a yearly university-wide speaker and Ask a Farmer week. For more information about Alpha Zeta or the events it sponsors, please contact Chancellor Elizabeth Stone, estone@k-state.edu.

By Maggie Seiler

Kansas Land Values and Rental Rates webinar and presentation links

The Kansas Land Values and Rental Rates webinar was presented April 22.  If you missed it or would like to follow-up by viewing the recording and slides again, use the following link.

WEBINAR RECORDING AND SLIDES

A recording of the Land Values Webinar by  Dr. Mykel Taylor is available:

Part 1: http://connect.ksre.ksu.edu/p6j0i17oxrg/

Part 2: http://connect.ksre.ksu.edu/p5m1qf8v1ow/

Slides are attached and available online HERE.

Questions about the content: mtaylor@ksu.edu

Technical questions: rvl@ksu.edu

Webinar to cover Kansas land values and rental rates

Mykel TaylorMykel Taylor, assistant professor of agricultural economics, is set to lead the upcoming webinar “Kansas Land Values and Rental Rates.” This webinar will dive into current estimates of value for sections of land in different counties in Kansas.

Tune into the webinar at http://connect.ksre.ksu.edu/ageconseminar at 11 a.m. CDT on Wednesday, April 22 to participate in the free session. No pre-registration is necessary, though there is only allowance for 200 viewers based on the first to sign in. Logging in as a guest accommodates interactive features including the option to ask questions, so there is no need to have a Connect account.

The webinar is scheduled to be available online following the original broadcast for anyone to view. The link for this will be released at a later date.

Prior to viewing the webinar, it is recommended that those interested in attending run a computer test to ensure that the computer and speakers work correctly with Adobe Connect software. This test checks Flash compatibility, connections with firewalls, speed of connections, and provides a link to install software to participate in polls and other Connect interactive features.

Read more about the topic in Taylor’s paper about Kansas land values.

More information about the webinar is available through:

Rich Llewelyn – rvl@ksu.edu
Mykel Taylor – mtaylor@ksu.edu

K-State’s College of Agriculture Celebrates Success and Looks Ahead to a Productive Future

Dean John Floros presented his second annual State of the College of Agriculture address March 25.
Kansas State University’s College of Agriculture aims to be a top-five agricultural college in the United States by 2025, and in collaboration with K-State Research and Extension, it intends to continue serving as a global destination for education, research and extension. Reaching this feat not only would benefit the university, but it would benefit the citizens of Kansas and beyond with immediate solutions to needs in agricultural production.

Agriculture is Kansas’ largest economic driver, as it contributes $53 billion to the Kansas economy and is the state’s largest employer, said John Floros, dean of the college and director of K-State Research and Extension.

In his third year as dean, Floros presented his second annual State of the College of Agriculture address March 25 on K-State’s Manhattan campus. He discussed celebrating successes that are getting the college closer to a top-five agricultural college, some of which include growth in the number of students, faculty and staff success, competitive funding, research expenditures, private fundraising, and the college’s national and international reputation.

On the heels of more cuts in state funding, the college has been able to counter these budget cuts and embrace change, Floros said. Aside from the amount of state funding available, all other numbers continue to go up, which is why he is optimistic that the college will continue to experience success in the future.

“K-State will remain here, but change will happen,” Floros said. “We will have to change, and if we are ahead of change and anticipate it, we are better off. Let’s anticipate budget cuts and figure out ways to counter those.”

Sean Fox Trading class

Students in Sean Fox’s class get a taste of the pit in his trading class!

Teaching and learning
K-State’s College of Agriculture has experienced steady growth in all student metrics. In 2014, the college had 2,780 undergraduate students—525 more than in 2010, which showed 2,255 undergraduates. The number of multicultural students in the college has doubled in the last five to six years, with a total of 291 in 2014. This means more than 10 percent of undergraduate students are multicultural.

Floros reported 695 undergraduate students call states other than Kansas home. These students represent 44 other states. Eighty-three undergraduates come from 19 other countries.

The college is nearly equal in the number of male and female undergraduates: males at 51 percent and females at 49 percent. Along with higher student enrollment, there has been an increase of 54 percent in scholarships provided in the last four years. Scholarships awarded in 2014-15 totaled $1.34 million.

Nearly all undergraduate students find jobs following graduation or pursue graduate degrees. The college has a 97 percent placement rate for students in jobs or a graduate education.

“It’s an exciting time to be a student in the College of Agriculture,” Floros said. “Every time I talk to our students that excitement comes through.”

Graduate students in the College of Agriculture are also on the rise. In 2014, there were 590 graduate students compared to 481 in 2010. Floros called this a huge success that helps the college meet its teaching, research and extension goals.

K-State’s Collegiate Crops Judging Team recently won its sixth straight national championship, and in fact, it has won 13 of the last 16 championships. In its first year competing, K-State’s Agronomy Forage Bowl Team won the national competition in 2015. Students are studying abroad in countries all over the world such as Argentina, Brazil, Ireland, France, India, South Africa, Spain and Japan.

Mykel Taylor 2015 Farm Bill meeting in Wichita

Mykel Taylor presents Farm Bill updates in February of 2015 in Wichita. The K-State Farm Bill Team reached more than 4,000 Kansans during 14 meetings held across the state!

Research and extension
The College of Agriculture, with K-State Research and Extension, have identified and are working toward solving five grand challenges for Kansas, which include global food systems, water, health, community vitality and developing tomorrow’s leaders. Other colleges at the university also are helping improve the livelihoods of Kansans in finding solutions to these challenges.

Floros recognized the college’s work across the state to help farmers make better management and farm policy decisions. Kansas State continues to develop the top wheat varieties used by Kansas’ farmers. A fungal genetics center that moved to K-State last fall will help the Department of Plant Pathology and wheat breeding programs continue to become more successful.

Plant Pathology is one of the several nationally ranked programs from K-State’s College of Agriculture. In fact, the Department of Plant Pathology is ranked No. 1 nationally. The agricultural economics program comes in at No. 4, interdepartmental food science at No. 9 and plant sciences at No. 10.

The animal science doctoral program for research productivity recently received a No. 5 national ranking, and the entomology doctoral program has been ranked No. 8. The Department of Grain Sciences and Industry at K-State is unique, Floros said, as there is no other department like it anywhere else.

Extramural awards for research in K-State’s College of Agriculture totaled $46.3 million in fiscal year 2014, which has increased steadily the last few years from $23.8 million in 2011. Floros said total K-State Research and Extension expenditures were at $142 million in 2014, an increase of 8 million from 2011 and 17 million from 2010.

Many faculty and students in the College of Agriculture are working with new programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID. These four new Feed the Future Innovation Labs were funded in total by $102.2 million. The labs focus on research surrounding sorghum and millet, applied wheat genomics, postharvest loss reduction and sustainable intensification. Only Kansas State and the University of California-Davis have received four such new USAID labs.

Top K-State faculty members specializing in agricultural related areas continue to be recognized nationally and internationally with awards in teaching and research. Many are also selected to lead national organizations related to horticulture, weed science and entomology, as examples.

Private fundraising also was up in 2014 for the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension at $14.5 million. This is more than triple the amount from 2009, which was $4.4 million. Increases in private fundraising will help meet the current and future costs for programs, research, new facilities and facility upgrades, and other needs of the college.

“The bottom line remains that we need new facilities,” Floros said. “We need new state-of-the-art labs, teaching facilities, extension facilities and distance education facilities. We have to push for this happening now. We need to prioritize our needs.”

A video of Floros’ full presentation can be found on the K-State Research and Extension Seminars website. Learn more about the College of Agriculture at www.ag.k-state.edu and K-State Research and Extension at www.ksre.ksu.edu.


Story by:Katie Allen katielynn@ksu.edu / 785-532-1162 / K-State Research and Extension

For more information: John Floros, dean, K-State College of Agriculture – floros@k-state.edu or 785-532-7137

Grants Announced to Support Economic Growth for Rural Communities

Kansas State Agricultural Economics Faculty receives $2.5 million with five projects

Funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is expected to assist communities and regions in creating self-sustaining, long-term economic development through research and strategic planning.

Nearly $14 million in grants was awarded. Three agricultural economists at Kansas State University and a fourth at Purdue University who will join the K-State department later this year, received more than $2.5 million of those grant dollars to promote rural community development, economic growth and sustainability.

“These awards will allow our department to conduct research that can impact and improve the lives of rural Kansans,” said Allen Featherstone, professor and head of the K-State Department of Agricultural Economics. “The research areas of water management, voting and buying behavior, international trade and global climate variability, and value-based supply chain production on farms have various impacts to our Kansas farmers and rural citizens. We want this research to impact their livelihood and rural communities in a way that makes them sustainable and continuously moving forward.”

The projects for Kansas State, each totaling around $500,000, include:

Aquifer depletion and water management

chatura_ariyaradne_2013The project director for this grant is Chatura B. Ariyaratne, research assistant professor. He will study how the reduced availability of irrigation water and rising pumping costs due to groundwater depletion make management decisions more critical for the sustainability of agriculture.

“The economies of large regions such as the Great Plains are dependent on groundwater availability, making aquifer depletion a much-discussed policy and research issue,” Ariyaratne said. “Greater volatility in crop and energy prices has added more uncertainty to farmers’ cropping and irrigation decisions.”

This project focuses on the role of changing prices, technology, and climate on aquifer depletion, and the performance and impacts of different water management policies in the face of these uncertain trends.

Other co-project directors from K-State’s agricultural economics department include, Jeffery Peterson, professor; Nicolas Quintana Ashwell, Ph.D. candidate and graduate research assistant; Nathan Hendricks, assistant professor; Brian Briggeman, associate professor; and Bill Golden, research assistant professor. Bridget Guerrero is a collaborator on the project and is an assistant professor of Agricultural Business and Economics in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at West Texas A&M University.

Voting and buying behavior

Tonsor-colorAccording to Glynn Tonsor, agricultural economist with K-State Research and Extension and project director for this award, the U.S. public increasingly sends mixed signals in their voting and buying behaviors resulting in ‘unfunded mandates’ that significantly add complexity to society’s challenges of feeding a growing population.

“The consumers’ mixed signals are providing a knowledge gap among our industry leaders and decision-makers,” Tonsor said. “This limits informed decision-making when it comes to key decisions in the agricultural industry that make a difference in how we are feeding our growing population.”

The long-term goal of this project is to substantially increase understanding of the existence, drivers, and implications of differences in voting behavior and consumer food buying behavior.

Co-project directors for this award are Kathleen Brooks, livestock economist and extension specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Bailey Norwood, professor, Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics.

Understanding and forecasting changes in consumer demand for disaggregated meat products

According to Glynn Tonsor, co-project director for this award, there is an increasing need to better understand changing consumer preferences for meat products. To date, most consumer research either uses very aggregated, nationally representative data or involves surveys at a single point in time that convey a “snap shot.” This research will further develop and build upon existing consumer tracking surveys.

Tonsor will work with collaborators at Oklahoma State University to assess how stable consumer preferences are when assessed in regular nationwide monthly surveys and compared to other more commonly available data and information sets. This research ultimately will provide more accurate and timelier information on key issues regarding consumer food preference and lead to better decisions among producers and policy makers.

Jayson Lusk, Regents professor and Willard Sparks endowed chair for Oklahoma State’s agricultural economics department, is the project director for this award.

The role of international trade in adapting U.S. agriculture to increased global climate variability

NelsonVilloria-March2015_Nelson B. Villoria, an agricultural economist at Purdue University who will join the K-State faculty later this year, was awarded monies to study how more frequent extreme weather events are expected to increase the volatility of U.S. crop yields and the income stability of agricultural sectors.

“Global trade is an important source for stabilizing markets. Our study hypothesizes that climate shocks simultaneously affecting the U.S. and other global regions during a given marketing year reduce the ability of the trade system to mitigate shortages resulting in sudden sharp price changes,” he said. “Our study seeks to understand how stockholding and international trade can help adapt U.S. agriculture to a changing climate, particularly to disruptions associated with increased variability.” 

Co-project directors for this award are from Purdue University. They include Thomas Hertel, distinguished professor of agricultural economics; Dev Niyogi, professor of regional climatology; Paul Preckel, professor of agricultural economics; and Hao Zhang, professor of statistics.

Impacts of values-based supply chains on farms

Hikaru PetersonHikaru Hanawa Peterson, project director of this grant and K-State agricultural economics professor, will study the impacts of values-based supply chains (VBSCs) on small- to medium-sized farms.

“These supply chain alliances are distinguished by two sets of values: one based on product attributes and the other based on shared ethics among participants in the chain,” Peterson said. “While there is a growing understanding of the organizational dimensions of VBSCs, very little has been documented to date about their extent or characteristics and the actual impacts for farmers.”

Researchers will work to better understand, evaluate, and improve the performance of VBSCs as profitable outlets for diverse, small and medium-sized farms. “The project outcomes include new opportunities for farms and VBSCs to build farm profitability, expand access to healthy foods for communities, and contribute to the development of more environmentally sustainable and equitable regional agrifood systems,” Peterson said.

Co-project directors for this grant include Gail Feenstra, academic coordinator with the University of California-Davis’ Agricultural Sustainability Institute; Marcy Ostrom, small farms program leader with the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources; and Keiko Tanaka, associate professor of sociology at the University of Kentucky.

NIFA made the awards through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Foundational Program, which supports projects that sustain and enhance agricultural and related activities in rural areas and to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and alleviate poverty. For more information, visit www.nifa.usda.gov.

A fact sheet with a complete list of awardees and project descriptions is available on the USDA website.


Story by: Elaine Edwards – elainee@ksu.edu K-State Research and Extension

For more information: Amanda Erichsen, Department of Agricultural Economics – aerichsen@k-state.edu

This news release from K-State Research and Extension is posted at http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/news/story/rural_communities032315.aspx.

Here’s the Latest from the College of Ag: Ag News Now

In this edition:
Hoegemeyer Cares Scholarship Due April 1
The Hoegemeyer Cares Scholarship program has come out again this year! Hoegemeyer will award four $500 scholarships to students majoring in an agriculture-related field. To learn more check out the website! http://www.therightseed.com/home/2015-hoegemeyer-cares-scholarship/148

Diversity Programs Office (DPO) Update
The DPO would like to share information about their events:
• On March 11th the MANRRS Chapters held a Beef Steak Tasting Panel fundraiser. Thank you to the 23 MANRRS Members and Faculty that participated in the panel and the fundraiser. It was a great success and helped to fund the MANRRS trip to the MANRRS National Conference.
• The Diversity Programs Office and the Kansas State MANRRS chapter partnered together to send 9 students to the 30th Annual MANRRS Career Fair and Training National Conference in Houston, TX this week, March 25th to March 29th. The 2015 K-State MANRRS Chapter delegation includes 9 student members that will compete in a number of contests. At last year’s conference senior Taneysha Howard, Agricultural Communications and Journalism major, placed 1st in the National conference theme contest where her entry “Thirty Years of Triumph: Branching Out and Excelling to Greater Heights” is being featured on all conference items this year.
• Nicodemus Educational Camp will be held this summer during the weeks of June 8-12, 15-19, and 22-26 and they are looking for Senior Camp Mentor/Counselors Position. As a Camp Mentor/ Counselor you would be responsible for planning, leading, and implanting core and non-core programs and experiences for youth in a small group setting. To fill out the job application and for more information about the camp please go to http://www.nicodemuscamps.com/ or contact Dr. John Ella Holmes at johnella@ksu.edu. The application deadline is this Friday, March 27th.

Please continue to look for more diversity events as we continue to advertise. We appreciate your support. For more information about upcoming events or to collaborate with the DPO, please call 785-532-5793 or contact Dr. Zelia Wiley, Assistant Dean of Diversity, zwiley@ksu.edu. –Zelia Wiley​

Questions about Ag News Now? Contact us atgmkoester@ksu.edu

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